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Psalm 13 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

To the director: A song of David.

13 How long will you forget me, Lord?
    Will you forget me forever?
How long will you refuse to accept me?[a]
How long must I wonder if you have forgotten me?
    How long must I feel this sadness in my heart?
How long will my enemy win against me?

Lord my God, look at me and give me an answer.
    Make me feel strong again, or I will die.
If that happens, my enemy will say, “I beat him!”
    He will be so happy that he won.

But I trust in your faithful love, Lord.
    I will be happy when you save me.
Then I will sing to the Lord
    because he was so good to me.


  1. Psalm 13:1 refuse to accept me Literally, “hide your face from me.”
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Psalm 13 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 13[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.


  1. Psalm 13:1 In Hebrew texts 13:1-6 is numbered 13:2-6.
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